COHI has been working hard to follow up with the Hurricane Harvey cash grant recipients that YOU supported in the aftermath of the hurricane's devastation. We are tracking our impact so that we can learn more about how the evacuees were helped and how they experienced the cash grant process with COHI. Some of what we've heard so far through our surveys:
"We really appreciated the one-on-one help. It should be replicated."
"You did a wonderful job for us; we are back in Beaumont now. Thank you for getting what we needed for our children ASAP."
"I really needed the financial assistance right away, and your process worked."
79% of families spent their cash grants on gas, tires, and transportation. 69% of them used their cash grants for food. 34% bought medicine. 14% of families used it for childcare costs. 27% of people used the money for rent. 14% bought clothes. And 7% of the families used the cash grants for school, supplies, or extra things for their children.
We are also hearing from many families that their financial needs continue and we are considering how we might support them in a more long term way.
We will be closing this project soon, but we wanted to reach out again and let you know that a big difference was made in the lives of over a thousand people in Texas. Thank you again for your support!
2017 proved to be a horrific season for storms in the United States. It was the first time COHI experienced a disaster so close to our headquarters, and it was both a challenge and an honor to be able to help our neighbors who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
As we mentioned in earlier reports, we hired one of the hurricane refugees to help us distribute all of the cash gifts that were made possible by your generous donations. And we're happy to announce that we've hired her on to help us with our Texas advocacy program in 2018!
One of the remaining gaps in care in Texas is contraception access for refugees- and that's what we're hoping to accomplish in 2018. We welcome your help!
So far, Circle of Health International (COHI) has given out 255 cash grants to Hurricane Harvey evacuees. We have also distributed thousands of pounds of supplies including food, clothing, diapers, and menstrual hygiene items. The number of people impacted by our grants and supplies is over 1000. Much of this work was accomplished because we were able to hire an Evacuee Coordinator who is an evacuee herself.
COHI wants to continue to help those affected by Harvey. Some of what we hope to accomplish in the work ahead:
Continued support for vulnerable female evacuees through:
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